I’ve always had a love of high street fashion, I get it from my mother, along with her philanthropy. My mum was a socialite on the racing scene and was such an elegant lady. She had five beautifully groomed little girls and was running a buzzing fashion business.
We had the privilege to interview celebrated Sydney designer Dominque Mearns founder of Dominque Mearns Couture. All her designs are made with luxurious materials and handcrafted. She is committed to help women in underprivileged communities. Her philosophy of giving back to the community is inspiring and her dresses are stunning, perfect for bridesmaids! Read more about her designs and work in the interview.
Tell us about yourself and your couture collection
I take making my girls feel like a goddess very seriously. The art of being a good designer is to create something elegant, almost conservative at first glance but the way it nips, tucks & hugs the female body is very flattering. For example, my playsuits can be worn with or without a bra (as can most of my garments – even for a bigger bust). These jumpsuits have under bust support and a flirty peekaboo neckline. It’s my job to create an illusion to show erogenous zones & yet leave something to the imagination. Then you turn around and whilst barely any flesh is visible, the lace back may be sheer and the silk hugs the buttocks in all the right places but is loose enough to hide any sins, with a waist band to show or create the illusion of a tiny waist. That’s my job in a nutshell, to create an effortless look that’s incredibly sophisticated but flirty & only a discerning designers’ eye knows why. That’s what differentiate elegant-sexy from the rest.
What inspired you to help underprivileged women in Thai communities?
As tragic as it is child sex trafficking and slavery is more common than we know. It’s estimated 27 million people are enslaved or trafficked globally. That’s much more than the entire Australian population. Even here in Australian brothels the problem is more prevalent than we know with perpetrators receiving meagre fines and suspensions if caught. There was recently a well known brothel in Sydney where a 15 year old girl was trafficked by her mother and on her first day she serviced 18 customers in a 13 hour shift. The same is happening throughout Australia and indeed overseas. Many of the premises I refer to here are licensed, so factoring in the unlicensed ones shows it’s a huge problem. It is our duty to be a voice for these little children.
A percentage of profits from every sale for DMC goes towards Destiny Rescue. To donate and do your part please go to www.destinyrescue.org
I don’t really think like that so this one is tricky to answer. Perhaps my attitude. One of giving back and feeling good when others succeed or find happiness, and all the better if I’ve helped them with that. Making a difference in someone’s life at a time when they’re in need. That gives me a great sense of achievement.